MSc Cyber Security MSc/PgDip/PgCert

1. Overview

An increasing number of organisations store, manipulate and communicate valuable and confidential information electronically. However, a number of threats compromise the security of this information.

The MSc Cyber Security aims to produce computing specialists who are able to design and maintain secure information systems and networks.

This course is designed to satisfy the demands of industry and IT providers for computing practitioners who:

  • know the legal requirements of information security and are able to implement current information security standards;
  • are proficient in the use of state-of-the-art principles, techniques, tools and methodologies for& the design, implementation and maintenance of secure information systems;
  • are able to design and maintain secure computer networks;
  • can safely recover an information system or network from a successful security attack.

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2. What you will study

  • Information Security Management
  • Security Testing
  • Network Switching and Routing (based on CISCO CCNA) 
  • Systems Programming and Security
  • Network Security (based on CISCO CCNA Security)
  • Incident Management and Forensics
  • Database and Web Security
  • Professional Development and Research Skills 
  • Project 

The University regularly reviews its courses. Course content and structure may change over time. See our Course Disclaimer for more information.

3. How you will learn

Throughout the course, content is complemented by practical work, allowing you to support your theoretical development by providing real-life simulation. You will be taught through a mixture of lectures, tutorials, labs and external speakers. You will also be supported through our online virtual learning environment where you can access a wide variety of resources and other support materials.

The course will include industry sessions.

The individual project provides an opportunity for applying specialist knowledge together with analytic, problem-solving, managerial and communication skills to a particular area of interest within the secure information systems and networks. Working with the full support and guidance of an allocated project supervisor, you will be given the opportunity to propose, plan, specify, develop, evaluate, and present a substantial project.

4. Entry Requirements

  • Applicants normally hold a 2:2 undergraduate honours degree or its equivalent in Computing or related subject such as Electronics and Information Systems.
  • Applicants with a lower degree classification and / or relevant work experience will be considered on a case by case basis.

International students who do not meet our direct entry requirements for this course can gain additional entry points through our International College at Robert Gordon University.

English Language

Applicants whose first language is not English should have an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with no component lower than 5.5, or an equivalent.

We accept a variety of in-country and secure English language tests, find out more:

English Language requirements

* All entry requirements listed here should be used as a guide and represent the minimum required to be considered for entry. A small number of courses require higher levels, but this will be stated explicitly on your offer letter.

5. Placements and Accreditations

Students who perform particularly well during their first semester of studies will be invited to apply for any long placement opportunities (40-45 weeks) found by the Placement Office; alternatively, all students can seek their own long placement or a short placement.

However, permission to undertake a placement is at the discretion of the School.

Students who optionally go on placement also need to pay a £1000 fee.

6. Student Funding

Fully funded places

RGU is pleased to announce the SFC offers a limited number of fully funded full-time MSc places for Scottish/EU applicants, for courses starting September 2017.Find out more.

Scholarships

Applicants to this course may be eligible for a scholarship. More information can be found on the Computing Scholarships pages.

Placements

Students who optionally go on placement also need to pay a £1,000 fee.

7. Course Fees

For Academic Year 2018/2019

All Students

  • £1,000 for optional long placement
  • £320 for optional short placement

Scottish/EU Students

Full-time

  • £5,500 .

Part-time

  • £2,750 for year 1
  • £2,750 for year 2
  • No fee for year 3

Rest of UK Students

Full-time

  • £6,750 .

Part-time

  • £2,750 for year 1
  • £2,750 for year 2
  • £1,250 for year 3

International Students

Full-time

  • £13,200 .

Part-time

  • £4,950 for year 1
  • £4,950 for year 2
  • £3,300 for year 3

For Academic Year 2017/2018

Scottish/EU Students

Full-time

  • £3,400 for the entire MSc course: September 2017 starts
  • £5,500 for the entire MSc course: January 2018 starts

Part-time

  • £1,700 for stage 1:September 2017 starts
  • £1,700 for stage 2: September 2017 starts
  • No fee for stage 3
  • £2,750 for stage 1: January 2018 starts
  • £2,750 for stage 2: January 2018 starts

Rest of UK Students

Full-time

  • £6,750 for the entire MSc course

Part-time

  • £2,530 for stage 1
  • £2,530 for stage 2
  • £1,690 for stage 3

International Students

Full-time

  • £12,820 for the entire MSc course

Part-time

  • £4,809 for stage 1
  • £4,809 for stage 2
  • £3,200 for stage 3

For Academic Year 2016/2017

Scottish/EU Students

Full-time

  • £3,400 for the entire MSc course

Part-time

  • £1,700 for stage 1
  • £1,700 for stage 2
  • No fee for stage 3

Rest of UK Students

Full-time

  • £7,480 for the entire MSc course

Part-time

  • £3,740 for stage 1
  • £3,740 for stage 2
  • No fee for stage 3

International Students

Full-time

  • £13,700 for the entire MSc course

Part-time

  • £5,150 for stage 1
  • £5,150 for stage 2
  • £3,400 for stage 3

For Academic Year 2015/2016

All Students

Full-time

  • £320 for a short placement
  • £1,000 for a long placement

Scottish/EU Students

Full-time

  • £3,400 (entire course)

Part-time

  • £1,700 Year 1
  • £1,700 Year 2
  • No Fee Year 3

Rest of UK Students

Full-time

  • £7,200 entire course

Part-time

  • £3,600 Year 1
  • £3,600 Year 2
  • No fee Year 3

International Students

Full-time

  • £13,700 entire course

Part-time

  • £5,140 Year 1
  • £5,140 Year 2
  • £3,420 Year 3

For Academic Year 2014/2015

Scottish/EU Students

Full-time

  • £3,400 (entire course)

Part-time

  • £1,700 Year 1
  • £1,700 Year 2
  • No Fee Year 3

Rest of UK Students

Full-time

  • £7,000 entire course

Part-time

  • £3,500 Year 1
  • £3,500 Year 2
  • No Fee Year 3

International Students

Full-time

  • £12,800 entire course

Part-time

  • £4,800 Year 1
  • £4,800 Year 2
  • £3,200 Year 3

For Academic Year 2013/2014

Scottish/EU Students

Full-time

  • £3,400 (entire course)

Part-time

  • £1,700 Year 1
  • £1,700 Year 2
  • No Fee Year 3

Rest of UK Students

Full-time

  • £5,000 entire course

Part-time

  • £2,500 Year 1
  • £2,500 Year 2
  • No Fee Year 3

International Students

Full-time

  • £11,500 entire course

Part-time

  • £4,310 Year 1
  • £4,310 Year 2
  • £2,880 Year 3

Disclaimer

Course fees are reviewed periodically and so are subject to change for new applicants. All tuition fees are fixed for the duration of a course at the rate confirmed in your offer letter. You will also be liable to pay a graduation fee of £40 before receiving a University award.

For further information see Student Finance pages

 

8. How to apply

All students can apply online by visiting Apply Online at www.rgu.ac.uk/applyonline

If you have any queries, please contact our Admissions Office: 

If you are an International Student and would like further information and application advice:

Terms and Conditions of Admissions

The Terms and Conditions of Admission describe to applicants holding an offer of a place to study at RGU, the principal rights, duties and obligations of both the applicant and the University prior to enrolling on a course of study.

Terms and Conditions of Admissions (PDF 142KB)

9. Prospects

The course prepares you for a career in information and network security. Job openings include: IT security engineer, information and data security analyst, network manager, IT security developer, IT risk and fraud specialist and e-business security analyst.

Aberdeen is home to many multinational oil and gas companies and associated suppliers such as mainstream software houses, IT providers to major oil-related companies, specialist software consultancies, and venture capital start-ups.

The university is involved in a number of commercial collaborations on a local, national and international scale with organisations such as BP, British Geological Survey, Wood Group PSN, Accenture, WIPRO and many Aberdeen-based software development companies.

The course also prepares students for research careers by providing the skills necessary of an effective researcher. Suitable MSc graduates may continue to PhD programmes within the school. Further information can be found the School of Computing and Digital Media Postgraduate Research pages.

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MSc/PgDip/PgCert

Start Date

September or January

Course Length

Full-Time September start: 12 months
Full-Time January start: 17 months
Part-Time: 24-36 months

Mode of Attendance

Full-Time or Part-Time on Campus

Academic School
School of Computing Science and Digital Media
More Information:
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ICRGU - Postgraduate Computing

The International College at Robert Gordon University offers a 10-week pre-masters leading to computing MSc courses at Robert Gordon University for International Students.

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